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The Significance of a Role Model in Developing your Oil & Gas Career

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The early stages of a person’s career could be extremely unnerving - pressure to perform, the need to prove the technical capabilities, seeking opportunities to learn, displaying ability to handle assignments while working in a team environment. During this critical phase, having a role model could play a significant role in shaping the career. - Jess Potts

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The early stages of a person’s career could be extremely unnerving - pressure to perform, the need to prove the technical capabilities, seeking opportunities to learn, displaying ability to handle assignments while working in a team environment. During this critical phase, having a role model could play a significant role in shaping the career.


In fact, effective role modelling is imbibed in an organization’s corporate culture and plays a pivotal role in facilitating knowledge sharing, while ensuring the continuity of the high standards of service provided by the firm.


Hence, one must be careful in choosing a role model. Here are certain attributes one must consider while choosing a role model:


Core Competencies


The quality of role models can be measured in terms of professional expertise, an innate understanding of the organization’s work culture, along with excellent soft skills (communication, interpersonal and listening skills).


Leadership


Good role models mentor others to maintain their individual trait and not be a mirror image of them. They encourage team work and knowledge sharing to ensure everyone around them progresses professionally.


Avoids Contradictions


Role models avoid the contradiction between action and words - they deliver on their commitments and practice what they preach.


They would never expect something from others which they themselves cannot perform.


Professional Integrity


This would be a common trait for all role models. They display impeccable professional integrity even during hardships, lead by example during crisis, never deviate from the organization’s vision, and take ownership for their judgmental errors.


- Jess Potts


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